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2014

Apple replacing European 5W USB iPhone power adapters that may overheat and pose safety risk

Friday June 13, 2014

Apple has announced that it will replace potentially dangerous 5-watt European USB power adapters that were shipped with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, as well as sold separately from October 2009 to September 2012.

Facebook updates Messenger with instant video sending and 'Big Likes'

Thursday June 12, 2014

Amid the constantly evolving landscape that is mobile messaging, Facebook on Thursday added two new features -- video messaging and bigger "thumbs ups" -- to its Messenger iOS app to help it stand apart from the crowd.

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, other execs on hand for Omotesando Apple Store opening [u]

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts made her first official public appearance as an Apple exec at the grand opening of the company's newest retail outlet in Japan on Friday, posing for pictures with Apple fans and customers who made it down for the event.

Samsung debuts Galaxy Tab S with high-resolution AMOLED screen, fingerprint reader

Thursday June 12, 2014

Samsung on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab S lineup, which comes in 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch flavors, boasts 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution Super AMOLED displays, supports fingerprint recognition and integrates Galaxy-only inter-device sharing software.

Yahoo Finance frets that Apple's iPhone, iPad "only" grab the majority of all mobile shopping traffic

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple's iPhone accounted for 58 percent of smartphone shopping traffic while iPads took an overwhelming 86 percent share among tablets, but Yahoo Finance is warning investors that Apple's dominance of shopping is "slowly losing share."

Apple simplifies app browsing and discovery with new 'Browse by Category' collection

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple on Thursday announced a new App Store feature called "Browse by Category" that allows users to navigate to different curated app collections without the need for drop-down menus.

New China Apple Store may be second to feature iconic cylindrical glass entryway

Thursday June 12, 2014

As part of Apple's efforts to triple its retail presence in China over the next two years, the company will open a store in Chongqing that appears to feature an architectural flourish familiar to Chinese customers: a giant glass cylinder.

Apple acknowledges sporadic iTunes outages, says issue resolved after brief downtime

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple on Thursday said it has resolved an issue that caused some iTunes customers to see limited access to the online store for around three hours, though details of the downtime have yet to be revealed.

Vessyl iOS-connected smart cup analyzes, tracks what you drink

Thursday June 12, 2014

Keeping tabs on your diet is set to become a little easier thanks to Vessyl, a new Yves Behar-designed smart cup that analyzes the chemical makeup of its contents and automatically sends the drink's nutritional information to an iOS device.

Skype for iOS gets Windows Phone-style makeover with version 5.0

Thursday June 12, 2014

Microsoft on Thursday unleashed an all-new version of its popular Skype messaging application for iOS, bringing a visual overhaul that matches the app to its Windows Phone counterpart and a number of improvements to speed and stability.

iPhone users can wirelessly recharge at Starbucks via 100K Duracell Powermats coming to coffee chain

Thursday June 12, 2014

Mega coffee chain Starbucks on Thursday announced a new partnership with Duracell that will see wireless charging stations based on the latter's Powermat technology rolled out to every Starbucks and Teavana location in the U.S. over the next two years.

As EU launches probe into Apple's taxes, Intel slapped with record $1.4B anti-competition fine

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple partner Intel attempted to appeal a $1.44 billion fine from the European Union for unfair business practices, but the chipmaker lost that bid on Thursday when a court determined that the record fine would stand.

RBC ups Apple price target to $100, sees 'iPhone 6' & new product categories driving growth

Thursday June 12, 2014

Following this week's stock split, RBC Capital Markets sees shares of Apple reaching near-record highs in the second half of 2014, based on the strength of the expected "iPhone 6," as well as hotly anticipated new product categories from the company.

Apple's smarter Smart Cover would keep users up to date with illuminated alerts

Thursday June 12, 2014

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced iPad Smart Cover containing illumination and communication elements that light up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.

Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

Thursday June 12, 2014

Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.

Samsung endorser LeBron James made a reported $30M from Apple's Beats buy

Thursday June 12, 2014

According to a report on Wednesday, Basketball superstar LeBron James saw a $30 million windfall on his small stake in Beats Electronics after Apple acquired the headphone maker for $3 billion in May.

Apple video offers peek inside new Japanese retail store ahead of grand opening

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Apple on Wednesday published to its official YouTube channel a video highlighting the design of its latest Apple Store located in Omotesando, Tokyo as final preparations are made for a grand opening on Friday.

Developer uses hidden iOS 8 code to show off rumored split-screen iPad UI

Wednesday June 11, 2014

After discovering code in Apple's iOS 8 beta pointing to a split-screen iPad user interface, developer Steven Troughton-Smith on Wednesday hit on a way to make the feature work and published his findings to YouTube in a type of proof-of-concept video.

Google flips switch on Instant Buy for iOS apps, roots deeper into Apple's mobile platform

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Google on Wednesday announced iOS support for Instant Buy, the Google Wallet-based authentication and payment system that lets customers bypass shop and make purchases with as few clicks as possible.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks seed with new focus areas, Safari 6.1.5 and OS X Server 3.2 betas

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Apple on Wednesday issued to developers a batch of new betas for the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks maintenance update and Safari 6.1.5 with minor changes.